Pedophile and sex trafficker Jeffery Epstein and his long-time companion and accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell ruined the lives of countless young girls. Though Epstein died in prison before his own trial, Maxwell will have to pay for her crimes.
Maxwell was convicted on five of six counts of trafficking teenage girls into Epstein’s web of sexual abuse, Breitbart reported. The 60-year-old British socialite faces significant prison time and still has two perjury charges pending.
The trial lasted nearly a month and jurors took five days to liberate Maxwell’s fate. Ultimately, they decided that Maxwell played an active role in the depraved life of Epstein and the girls he victimized.
All but one of the four women who testified against her used pseudonyms as they recounted how they were lured to Epstein’s mansions or private island with promises of assistance or wealth. The abuse took place decades ago but other witnesses testified to the culture of secrecy that surrounded the rich and powerful couple.
Maxwell’s modus operandi was to lavish attention and gifts on the girls to groom them for Epstein’s abuse. Once she had their trust, Maxwell would allow or sometimes participate in sordid encounters with girls as young as 14.
The one charge Maxwell was not convicted on was “enticement of an individual under the age of 17 to travel with intent to engage in illegal sexual activity,” according to Fox News. Still, she will face up to 65 years in prison.
“A unanimous jury has found Ghislaine Maxwell guilty of one of the worst crimes imaginable – facilitating and participating in the sexual abuse of children,” Damian Williams, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District, told the news outlet. “Crimes that she committed with her long-time partner and co-conspirator, Jeffrey Epstein. The road to justice has been far too long. But, today, justice has been done.”
The charges against Maxwell demonstrate sickening depravity, but at least justice was served for her role in these crimes. However, some of the richest and most powerful men in the world were associated with the pair but have yet to face a jury.